Summer IPA #MeetingAtTheSummit

21 Aug 2022

On the weekend of 18-19 June 2022, preceding the Summer Solstice, when the days were only a few seconds shorter than the longest day of the year and temperatures reached near-record highs, a representation of Podhale members of the International Police Association came to Lower Silesia to climb more peaks of Poland's highest mountains as part of the IPA #MeetingAtTheSummit event.954 summit2

On Saturday, the guests from Małopolska: Marcin, Natalia, Krzysztof and Mateusz started the day by climbing the highest peak of the Bystrzyckie Mountains - Jagodna (977 m), which was quite a feat considering the high temperatures, despite the easy blue trail leading to the peak from the PTTK Shelter Jagodna. The effort put into the hike was rewarded with beautiful views from the tower at the top. In the afternoon, the hikers traversed the trails of the Orlickie Mountains, accompanied by Marta, the IPA Region Wrocław Secretary's wife, who welcomed the guests to Lower Silesia on behalf of her husband. Together they reached the observation tower on Orlica (1084 m), from which they admired the setting sun.

On Sunday, the group met with the Secretary of the IPA Region Wrocław at the PTTK Andrzejówka Mountain Hostel in the Kamienne Mountains. From the Trzy Doliny Pass, the hikers went along the yellow trail to the start of the northern slope of Waligóra (936 m), and after less than 15 minutes of climbing they reached another peak of the Crown of Polish Mountains. After returning to the Andrzejówka Mountain Hostel and regenerating their strength, the group moved to Boguszów-Gorce, they took the green trail from the parking lot at the foot of Boguszówka, leading to the highest peak of the the Wałbrzyskie Mountains - Chełmiec (851 m). From the observation tower at the top, they admired the panorama of Wałbrzych as well as the view on the Karkonosze range in the north-west and the Owl Mountains in the south-east. In the clearing under the tower there was a moment of rest by a bonfire and roasted sausages. After a fantastic day spent in good company, the participants went home enriched with positive emotions and wonderful memories.

Another weekend under the banner of IPA #MeetingAtTheSummit resulted in climbing four peaks included in the Crown of Polish Mountains. All thanks to Friendship, which in accordance with the motto of the International Police Association - "Servo per Amikeco" - unites people associated in the ranks of the IPA, by spending time together and pursuing interests.

Michał Sługocki, Secretary IPA Region Wrocław